The Pavilion coop is a collaborative project in various dimensions. As part of the Bangkok Biennial it deliberates the framework of collaboration within the Biennial context. As a group exhibition the project reflects on its own structure. And each presented art work will approach the idea of collaboration.
coop is an effort to deepen the understanding of the various layers of collaborative work. Ethical, political and aesthetic dimensions will be reflected by a common and an individual perspective. How much individualism is actually needed or possible within an art work or a society? Is there such a thing like common sense or a genuine individual gesture actually existing? And if both are an illusion what could be strategies to expose them, to blur or to use them consciously? Up to which degree each individual expression reflects a collective structure? Up to which degree do collectives exist as tangible units? Where are the crossing paths between mechanisms of the system and personal interests? Who is actually losing something if the idea of an independent individual (art work) dies forever? How can we ask those questions without getting too naïve or hippie-esque? And how can we avoid to see ourselves as slaves to a systemic view of life? How is it ethically possible for us to collaborate constantly – being part of the so called soft powers – and so being a factor for the economy? To be used as cultural enhancer or social catalyst? In this sense collaboration means shooting back onto the human community.
Lars Karl Becker, Kitsum Cheng, Nicholas Hoffman, Daniela Kneip Velescu, Valentina Knežević, Ofri Lapid, Cheonghye Sophia Lee, Jieun Lim, Alice Peragine, Nadia Perlov, Sathit Sattarasart, Daniel Stubenvoll, Nolico Taki (Noriko Takizawa)
Pavilion's curator: Muriel Meyer
3rd fl, 469 Phrasumen Rd. Bowonniwet Phranakorn Bangkok Opening 1 July 2018